Description of App
Listen to books and read your way
Get the official Bookshare Reader app. Access millions of ebooks from Bookshare, the world's
largest library of ebooks for people with reading barriers like dyslexia, blindness, low vision, and
physical disabilities. Listen to books in high quality audio and customize your reading
experience in ways that work for you. Read bestsellers, new releases, textbooks and
educational books, children’s books, young adult, mysteries, biographies, and more.
Read your way with these customizable features:
• Listen to books in high quality audio
• Adjust reading speed, font size, and colors
• Follow along with highlighted text
• Navigate by page and chapter
• Stop reading and pick up from your last spot
• Download books and read offline
To use Bookshare Reader, you must have a Bookshare membership. Learn more by visiting the Bookshare website.
What voice does this app use for reading books?
RE: What Voice
Hi techluver. You can use any of the built-in iOS TTS voices. For example, I am using Zoey enhanced voice.
Couple of pain points
Firstly, this isn't available in the UK store though, when I logged in with my US account and downloaded, it only seemed to access the restricted UK version of the book share library, though I can still access the full library through the website. So a little strange there.
Secondly, it' just a bit of a pain that when searching it keeps telling you results are loaded even as you're flicking through the list. Not sure of the purpose of this as it doesn't give any useful information and prevents VoiceOver from reading the intended output.
As I'm not really getting anything worth while on it, I'm deleting the app. It's a shame, I was hoping for a good library reading app that behaved with brail displays.
I specifically appreciate that I can read words, letters and even punctuation separately. I am primarily using the app to practice reading texts in different languages. It's working well for that, and it's free.
Thumbs up for book share.
Issues I am seeing
I am finding some pretty big issues with the app so far. First when searching there is no way to narrow search results or to search by author or title. Secondly the app does not use the magic tap gesture to stop and play audio. Finally you cannot listen to a book with the screen locked. In some ways this app is acting like the one I used to use when I was on android years ago. I am wondering if some of these issues are because they are using the same code base between the apps.
searching for a book
I have searched by author and by title, and it's successful. I simply enter what I am looking for. For example, Isaac Asimov
I'm happy they've got a free option for people
I'm happy they've finally got a free option for reading on IOS. The last app they had was 20 dollars, and while for a lot of people this is fine, it's a lot of money for some.